Green Valley fire takes sawmill away from Minnesota manFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We continue our team coverage of the Green Valley fire, with some incredible damage.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - We continue our team coverage of the Green Valley fire, with some incredible damage.
Eighty acres covered with 60% Old Norways is where Don Guida spends most of his time, transforming logs into beautiful homes. Now the only thing left are these six logs after the raging inferno ripped through his property.
Don Guida, Lost Sawmill to Fire: “This is what’s left. It’s like a bad dream.”
Guida was on his way to deliver a load around 3:30 Tuesday when he got the bad news. He never thought head come back to this.
Guida: “There was a little sad.”
Walking around the property Guida can’t help but think of what once was.
Guida: “One circle sawmill and one band sawmill both setup under 40’ x 100’ building and it’s just gone. But the front-end loader is totally melted down and a lot of construction equipment.”
The chains and blades that used to build beautiful log homes now just charred ruins, but what hurts the most is this old truck that once belonged to his father.
Guida: “He passed away a few years ago so just looking at the truck brings back memories.”
Guida and his friend Don Dulski built this log home just a few blocks away. The fire burned several structures around the home, and burned through the roof.
Don Dulski, Homeowner: “Say anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes and we would have lost the house.”
After a day of emotions.
Dulski: “Just gut-wrenching. I haven’t eaten in a day and a half and I just don’t have an appetite.”
The emotion that rises above all the others, gratitude.
Dulski: “I’m really appreciative of firefighters now when they go out on the line it’s gratifying that they did save this thing.”
The damage estimates on these properties is in the hundreds of thousands. Both Dons say the next step is to pick up and keep moving.